The Acoustic Guitar Project
How it works:
We choose a city, and five local musicians, and provide them with an acoustic guitar and a simple recorder.
Each musician has one week to write an original song and record it live. No editing is allowed. Musicians also shoot a video describing their experience and/or song.
Each musician signs the guitar and takes picture with it. We upload their song, their picture and video to the site. Then, the guitar is passed on to the next artist in that city.
When all five musicians have completed their songs, there is a concert. During the performance, each musician plays the song they wrote for the project and tells the story behind it.
To inspire creativity by simplifying its process to the bare essentials
To encourage a deeper connection between the artist and their art
To tell truthful, meaningful stories
Los Angeles singer-songwriter Jessie Payo, known for her brilliant vocal and poetic songwriting, spent the year crisscrossing the country supporting her new single “She Will Love Again” which is lighting up Americana radio nationwide.
No stranger to the road, Jessie’s opened and performed with everyone from Jason Mraz to Eric Hutchinson, Lauryn Hill, Melissa Etheridge and Toad The Wet Sprocket. Her music has appeared on MTV’s hit series’ “The Hills”, “The City”, “My Super Sweet Sixteen”, ABC’s “Make it or Break it”, FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance”, CBS’s “Criminal Minds”, and E!’s “The Daily Ten.”
Jessie’s Kickstarter-funded EP “Down The Mountain,” produced by Aben Eubanks (Kelly Clarkson) in Nashville, showcases the best of Jessie’s honey-toned tenor and heartfelt songs and was released on September 17, 2013.
Jessie is involved with several projects spanning the globe of style and genre.
She performs regularly as a solo artist and is honored to be part of the following projects:
POM POMS - Los Angeles Garage pop outfit mixes French new wave with 60s LA Style. From cowboy boots to disco shorts, lead singer Jessie Marlene knows how to rock kickass style to match her gorgeous throwback voice. The music mixes references like Quentin Tarantino, Ernie Kovacs, Roy Orbison, The Twilight Zone, Wes Anderson, Jean-Luc Godard, Yves Montand, Connie Francis, Johnny Cash, and Patsy Cline with a fresh twist.
PRETTY POLLY BAND- Country/Bluegrass duo with the lovely Leeann Skoda.
PAYOTE - An echo of her earliest project - Jessie and the Raindogs...a super high-charged rock blues sound featuring her longtime friend, collaborator and star guitarist Johnny Stachela.
BAD BETTY - A burlesque show Jessie produces and performs with Dollhouse Entertainment.
George Krikes is a California-based musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, producer, composer, and collaborator.
With his band King Washington, George has toured the country numerous times (opening for acts such as Arctic Monkey, Collective Soul, Tegan & Sara, Michael McDonald, Ambrosia, and more), released 3 full length albums, a 6-song EP, and they've had their music featured on a number of shows including The Jersey Shore.
With HUM Music, he has released 2 separate EP's (under the artist names "Dry Spells" and "Starlight & Arms") and has contributed other songs to their library of music as well. With HUM, he has worked as a studio guitarist, vocalist, composer, and producer on commercials for clients such as Home Depot, Buick, Lexus, McDonald's, WalMart, Honda, Beneful, and more.
With BMG, he has released two 5-song EP's under the name "St. George". He has also contributed many other songs to their catalogue. His song "Different Worlds" was a breakout hit in Australia after being featured on The Voice: Australia, receiving radio airplay and garnering a #1 position on the iTunes download chart in that country.
His hauntingly cinematic version of the song "Soul of a Man" has also seen great success, both as a trailer for the very popular video game "Mad Max", and as an integral part of the trailer and soundtrack for the movie "Son of God".
With APM Music, his song "Younger Everyday" has been licensed on numerous TV shows.
Jason Hawk Harris
Years before developing his own brand of confessional, cathartic country music — a sound he describes as "meta-apocalyptic country/Americana grief-grass" — Jason Hawk Harris chased a different muse as a classically-trained composer.
He was rooted in the orchestral influence of modern classical music from the 20th and 21st centuries. He loved the theory, the disjunct forms and the rawest of emotional palettes. It all started with a fondness for Queen, whose albums accounted for some of the most frequently-heard records in Harris' Houston household. The band sounded progressive, mixing the punch of rock & roll with the complexity of symphonic music. From there, Harris discovered Debussy and Mozart, then Stravinsky and George Crumb. He eventually enrolled in music school and graduated with a degree in composition, which he immediately began putting to use.
After writing thousands of measures of classical music, though, Harris found himself drawn back to the country, folk, and rock music that had soundtracked his early childhood. He'd grown up listening to classic crooners like Hank Williams, Roy Orbison, Jim Croce, Patsy Cline, and Elvis. That music had laid a sort of musical bedrock that couldn't be ignored. Later, after hearing bluegrass musician Michael Daves playing a stirring guitar solo, Harris knew he needed to somehow incorporate his country-loving childhood into his songs.
Sie Sie Benhoff
Sie Sie grew up singing to and caring for children all around the world, and you can hear her own cry for redemption throughout this first record. She balances lyrics of heartbreak and remorse by adding a little comedy and a lot of rock-and-roll. This record really has a song for everyone, and in scope and composition, it’s hard to believe it’s her first release.. and completely live to top it off.
Dylan Rodrigue’s music has always been a journey, exploring all genres and musical forms. Dylan was raised in small yoga-based intentional community in Northern California . . . a very quiet and peaceful place with a quiet and peaceful music scene. This all changed at the age of seven when Dylan’s father snuck a copy of Who’s Next into his bedroom. This sparked a passionate exploration of music from the Beatles to Fugazi, the Pixies, Elliott Smith and Vic Chesnutt. He began playing guitar and writing his own songs at age 8, studied classical guitar in high school, and eventually obtained a degree in songwriting and avante-garde composition at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).
Dylan’s professional career in L.A. has shown the same sense of adventure. As a talented guitarist and singer, he has performed with alt-country bands (currently with Sie Sie Benhoff), complex math rock/hardcore bands, and a 13-piece travelling vaudeville band. With the release of his debut album Cat’s Game, Dylan returns to his true passion: . . . sharing his own music.
Cat’s Game shows the full range of Dylan Rodrigue’s musical pallet. His deeply personal lyrics are presented in a variety of musical settings, from stripped down acoustic folk, Neil Young inspired electric guitar rock, and Stooges-esque punk.
Dylan Rodrigue’s musical journey is wide, varied and unpredictable . . . and it's definitely a trip worth taking!